Why God Allows Pain

This is a question asked by many. Many who do not have a relationship with Christ, and many who do. Many people struggle to understand God and Him allowing evil.  Warning you all right now, you’re not probably going to like what I’m going to say, and frankly, if I’m honest, I’m not always fond of it either. But this way of thinking just shows how selfish and controlling we want to be. 

God did not choose for man to fall in sin. Mankind fell in sin, and the wages of sin are death. This means heartache, disease, trials, and everything else you could possibly think of. It also means that not all prayers will be answered, much to our dismay.

We want things to go OUR way. We don’t want things to go God’s way. No pain. No death. This is what we desire, but this is not our world. Our world is sin. The consequence of sin, we don’t like.

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Other parts of sin, however, is attractive. Lust, jealousy, envy, power, status, materialism, and fulfilling every single pleasure of our own. This is what our world is. Deception glorifying self and what we want, while trials and pain hide behind them. Sex, nudity, profanity, gossip, drama, violence, gore, horror, drugs, alcohol, money…you want it, this world has it.

But the consequence is death.

If we don’t want to admit the pain began with us then we will continue to question God and it will more than likely be an endless cycle of confusion, frustration, and, potentially, bitterness. A reflection of control and power. We want someone to blame when we are hurt when others get hurt when we cannot get the answer in life we want.

When we have a goal in mind, obstacles naturally come along with it.

Switch goal for life and obstacles for suffering. The world wants to say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But this, of course, takes out Jesus completely. It is entirely focused on self and self-achievement. Which then is probably why many people who are suffering can’t take the pain or trial. Because a leaking vessel can’t repair itself! And that kind of mentality kills. I’ve seen it and heard it every single time someone opened up to me and considered taking their life because they could not bear the pain.

Why does God allow pain?

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There will come a time when Christ will come back, and when that happens most people on this earth will die. No more second chances. I think He waits because He knows there are people who are and who will draw close to Him.

But even more than that, He uses pain for His purpose. Remember pain in this world is because of sin. It happened because of temptation. But God, being God, can still use these consequences and turn them around for His glory. Temptation made us once fall. God wants to use temptation (when we turn away from it) and trials as a way for us to bear the fruit of the Spirit.

Before Jesus began His ministry, He fasted in the desert and after 40 days was tempted by Satan. Through Christ’s suffering, He became strong. He resisted. He focused on God. After the temptation, only then did Jesus began His ministry and seeking out the disciples.

(NLT) Hebrews 5:08, “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.”

Christ is our example. We are to be like Christ. There is a greater goal in God’s mind and ultimate purpose for us. Jesus Himself did not have every prayer He prayed answered. He requested that He not be tortured, but for the Lord to do His will. Every single trial, battle, pain, and heartache we go through can help draw us closer to this purpose if we are turning towards Him. It refines our faith, and these trials (not happiness) is how God connects His plan and purpose for us. 

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(NLT) 1 Peter 1:07, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

(NIV) Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

So many people struggle with the idea of surrendering completely to Christ. Struggling to trust Him when we are hurt and can’t see. We like control. We like getting and doing what we want to do. And then trials happen and we blame God because He won’t and will not bend to our wants and desires.

Why would it be fair that the Man who died for us and suffered for our sins be the only One who went through hardship? He was innocent. We aren’t.

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Jesus was flogged and He died because of mankind, it is not like He spoke nice things and all the people loved Him. People hated Him so much they desired for His death. The people who were supposed to be God’s people! That’s sin. That’s why we have pain and death in this world. But God used it for a greater purpose. He resurrected Jesus, fulfilling prophecy, and He gave us not only salvation through Christ, but the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter as well.

He did not decide pain for this world, but He knew He could redirect us through it. And we need to be redirected…

No one likes pain. No one likes trials. Following Christ and becoming like Jesus is not about embracing hardships with a fake plastic smile. It is also not about stamping “I’ll pray for you,” on everyone’s forehead and walking away from suffering. Brokenness allows us to be real with Christ because we’re too exhausted to rely on ourselves and too weak to be fake. 

There are so many things this world offers us that we need out of our life and heart. Many times, we will refuse to give these things up unless it is blatantly clear why. We have to be forced to see why God’s way is better, and even then, we may not accept it. We remain more bitter and angry.

The easier our life is, the more we seek security in our own sense of control, desire, and power, no matter how weak it is. We will easily push God away as long as our life is “fine.” We are, ultimately, children when it comes to what we want and our sense of control. God is willing to break this lie for us. He is willing to help us realize what the world is trying to deceive us with.

Many of these truths are only known when we are going through pain. When we cling to Him for answers, when our eyes are not blind on pleasure, but fully opened to the reality of what life is. And many times it is the only way people will see God. Many times it is the only way people feel the love of Jesus because the power of self and desire is revealed to be nonexistent. 

Because only then are we willing to admit, “I don’t have things under control.” 

Song To Listen ToMercy Meets My Pain by Seventh Day Sumber

And Remember...Be The Salt Of The earthAnd The Light On The HillWe Are His Branches1

Monthly Scripture – (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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32 thoughts on “Why God Allows Pain

  1. Awesome post as usual. I liked what you were talking about at the beginning–we don’t like the wages of sin but we like sin. But our liking sin is precisely the reason we pay the wages. When people skeptically ask “why would a God who is good allow evil?” it wouldn’t take much interrogation to find out that any one skeptic’s version of evil is different. This is just one of many rabbit trails I could go down, but what if, hypothetically, Trump were assassinated…is murder an evil act that God should stop? Or would a radically leftist skeptic say that God should not stop that murder because they would say Trump is more evil than murder? So as you said, the question often comes back to control. Even if God “stopped evil/bad things,” it is clear from my example that it would literally be impossible to appease everyone anyways.

    Also love the honesty of this–Following Christ and becoming like Jesus is not about embracing hardships with a fake plastic smile. It is also not about stamping “I’ll pray for you,” on everyone’s forehead and walking away from suffering. Brokenness allows us to be real with Christ because we’re too exhausted to rely on ourselves and too weak to be fake.

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    1. Scripture makes it clear what is of God, the things that are pure and what is not. That definitely does not settle well with the world and you’re right there are multiple discussions on this and what individuals view. People who are upset with murders or child molesters, for example, want horrible things done to them because they “deserve it.” Some people want revenge and death and torture is ok in their eyes then, but is it justified by God? Absolutely not. We do not live in an eye for eye anymore because of Christ. Great points you brought up. I’m glad you liked the post!!!


  2. Good one, T. R.! So true. I’ve had a good deal of time to reflect on pain when lying perfectly still with a raging migraine. Sometimes God speaks into me at those times… my mind is empty and I’m only focused on the one moment. Many times like that, He has reminded me to share in Christ’s suffering as a good soldier (2 Timothy 2:3) and how awesome it is that Jesus really is a great High Priest who fully understands our weakness and pain, yet didn’t sin (Hebrews 4:14-16).

    Seriously not tooting my own horn here, but I have a “migraine” category on my blog and some of those posts are about the hope, the grace, and even the joy I’ve come to find in God even in the face of pain. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. I remember last week I was looking at a more recent one you had. What a way to connect with God. The high priest scripture is a powerful one and a favorite of mine. I have severe cramps and the worst ones leave me completely motionless on the floor in pain. The only thing I can focus on is crying out to Christ while I wait for it to end.

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  3. This is really interesting. Why do you have hesitations with the saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” Is it one the basis that the statement focuses on one’s strength as opposed to God? I never thought about it in that context and that phrase with your writing really stood out to me.

    There is a HUGE discussion on these kinds of topics in Philosophy and it is so intriguing. It talks about the basis of free will is the ultimate precursor to negative occurrences and that free will is used for God to test our faith to him … otherwise, we would be robots. This seems to connect with your overall perspective. What do you think about this?

    I love hearing your perspective, as always! Blessings! Xoxo

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    1. I very much believe in free will. I think God being in control of everything is also true. I think the concept of both and understanding God go beyond the human understanding. I dont think it is so much about understanding everything but believing God has a purpose. The statement what does not kill us makes us stronger, I believe is a deceiving lie. As I stated it focuses on self and us overcoming every single hardship on our own. But there are many trials, pains, battles and griefs we cannot heal ourselves from. There are things we go through we ourselves are not strong enough for. This connects to the lie the world misinterpreted from scripture. Scripture does NOT say God will not give what we can’t handle. Scripture says we will not be tempted beyond what we can handle. Meaning there are things in life that are bigger than us and will overcome us. Our strength alone is not enough. God uses these as ways to draw us near. To remind us He is strong always and we are not. 🙂

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      1. Thank you for explaining your perspective! I never felt bad about this quote. I always interpreted it as being a testament to the strength that God has given us. Similar to the bible quote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” It is so interesting how people can interpret things so differently. I appreciate you sharing your perspective. 🙂

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      2. I think it is ok for someone to find strength in it. 🙂 But I dont like it because the universal meaning is not attached to Christ. An individual may attribute it to Him, and that’s awesome. But the world by itself does not.

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  4. Amen, amen, amen!!

    Another one that fits perfectly with the one the Lord just gave me to write from Proverbs 1.

    So, a confirmation, too, that God is getting out this message, for trials will be coming if we have not already experienced them. And we need to be ready.

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